Visit to a Small Planet Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Powers note would not sit still for Kreton's overthrow of the world?

2. Why does Ellen claim Conrad doesn't want to join the army?

3. What does Kreton claim are Rosemary's feelings toward her family?

4. Why does Ellen claim she can't marry Conrad?

5. What does Kreton want to watch Ellen do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kreton notes in the play that humans have an odd view of sex, in that they treat it as a taboo subject, while openly admitting their love for violence and death. Choose one of the following to write about. 1. Sex and violence are linked throughout the novel in several areas. Describe one of these situations. What was happening in the book? How are sex and violence linked? Why? What was the author trying to say? 2. Kreton notes that sex is a taboo subject. Is this true? Why? What makes human beings treat the topic of sex as they do? Is this logical? Why or why not? 3. Ellen notes that human beings think of sex often. Is this true? If so, why? If not, why would Ellen say this? Why is it okay to think about sex, but not to discuss it? What was the author trying to say about the attitudes of society toward sex?

Essay Topic 2

Set design is imperative in conveying a specific sense of time and place within any play. Choose one of the following to discuss. 1. Choose one particular room in the set design. Explain all elements of the set, including the props, and explain how those elements are used to describe both the time and the place of the play. 2. Go through each room in the set, and choose one piece in each room that, alone, could convey a sense of time and space. What is the element? How does it function as an indicator of time and space? What else could it represent?

Essay Topic 3

In the book, there are several references made to time travel, and the effects of such an event. Choose one of the following to discuss: 1. If Kreton's war had taken place, would history have changed? Why? What was Kreton's intended result? Would that have affected the future of the planet? Why or why not? 2. Kreton notes that history books would have to be altered. In real life, are history books ever changed? Why or why not? What does this say about time? What does this say about our perception of time? Was Kreton right, therefore, when he said time was relative? Why or why not?

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